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The Loom for Making Plastic Bag Blankets


Published 2006


The first thing that was designed before we began making the blankets was the loom. The generic idea for the design was based off of the old-fashioned potholders my grandmother used to make. We made the loom four-foot by six-foot consisting up of three two-by-fours. Two two-by-fours make up the sides of the loom, and one two-by-four was cut in half to make the top and bottom part of the loom. We chose for the dimensions of the loom to be four-foot by six-foot because the tables that we were to set them on were four-foot by six-foot. We kept in mind that we wanted the loom to be mobile, so we made it easy to take apart. In order to weave the blanket, there need to be points on the frame that we could wrap the bags around to continue the weave. We made our points by drilling holes into the wood and sticking in nails. We decided to drill the holes and place the nails in instead of nailing in the nails because we didnt want the wood to split, and because we wanted to be able to take them off when transporting the loom to ensure that no one would get hurt by one of the nails. We spaced all of the nails about three inches apart. If we were to rebuild the loom, we would make it six-foot by six-foot to make it larger so that the blankets cover an individual better, and we would make the nails two and a half inches apart to make the weave tighter. There are three looms in total. We built the first one, and the other two were built and donated to us by the woodworking class at our school.


Run time 01:27
Producer Faraz Yashar
Sponsor Mrs. Swaynos
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

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